Lohmann Corporation, which engineers specialty adhesive tapes, has begun construction of a 25,000 square foot addition to its manufacturing facility in the Thomas E. Lee Industrial Park in Orange County, Virginia. Lohmann anticipates the project will create an additional 56 jobs.
The company, a wholly-owned division of the 165 year-old Lohmann GmbH & Co., is increasing capacity to step up to a growing global demand in automotive manufacturing and assembly. According to company officials, Orange County successfully competed for the plant expansion with an $85,000 incentive from Virginia's Commonwealth Opportunity Fund.
"Our Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers in the Americas were telling us that they wanted direct access to our adhesive technologies used in their European operations," says Steven DeJong, President of Lohmann Corporation. "This expansion enables on-site converting and fabrication, making Lohmann a one-stop supplier of adhesives for virtually every automotive surface."
"We're excited to celebrate the success of Lohmann Specialty Coatings' decision to continue their investment with the expansion of their operations in Orange County, Virginia," says Lee Frame, Chairman, Orange County Board of Supervisors. "This is a profound testament that the region's business climate and leadership in Orange County have become true catalysts in providing valuable job opportunities for our local citizens."
"Automotive manufacturing and assembly operations are growing exponentially in the Americas, and our adhesive tape solutions are used in virtually every interior, exterior, electronic, mechanical and decorative component," says DeJong. "Just as automobile manufacturers want ready access to their suppliers, suppliers are demanding the same convenient access to our adhesive tapes that their European counterparts enjoy."